Grey is a very docile and sweet boy and is dog friendly. He was rescued by a Good Samaritan after he got hit by a car. Grey was taken to our partner vet where he was given a full medical check up and unfortunately they found that he have a dislocated hip and that he is FIV positive*. He has been a stray his entire life but we cannot leave him on the streets to fend for himself.
After trying to put his hip back in place under mild sedation, our veterinarian informed us that they were not successful and that he would need to undergo surgery. Grey is scheduled for surgery and will recover in a foster home for 4-6 weeks until he has healed and is ready for adoption.
*There is a misconception about FIV cats because FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus is in the same family of viruses as FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus). They are both retroviruses. The subfamily of FIV however is different: It is a lentivirus or a "slow virus". The other familiar lentivirus to all of us is HIV, which causes AIDS in humans. So, humans are not alone in having a virus that affects the immune system.
FIV is a cat-only disease. This immunodeficiency virus (like all immunodeficiency viruses) is very species specific - so specific, in fact, that the virus domestic cats have is different from the kind the big cats have. You cannot catch FIV from your pet.
FIV is spread between cats by bite wounds and blood transfusions. Unless your FIV kitty bites another cat, the virus cannot spread. FIV can never be spread casually. By casual we mean litter boxes, water and food bowls or snuggling and playing. It is even unlikely for an FIV mother to give FIV to her kittens. The most recent research carried out at Glasgow University’s Companion Animal Diagnostics indicates that the chances of FIV being passed from one cat to another in the same household is approx 1-2%.
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